How to Make a Garage Suitable for Cars: 5 Useful Tips
Regardless of its size, a garage suitable for cars will make parking simple, loading and unloading fast, and will also facilitate regular maintenance. Here are some helpful tips on how to optimize your garage for your car.
1. Protect Your Car from Obstacles
Nail pieces of carpet or old tire carpet to poles or any other obstacle your car - especially open doors - may face. This will prevent damage to it.
2. Parking Aid: Tennis Ball
To protect your car and your garage wall, install a simple parking aid.
- A tennis ball suspended from the ceiling will do.
- First, run a string through the tennis ball.
- Then park the car in its ideal position.
- Now hook the string so that the tennis ball just touches the center of the windshield (or the back window if backing in).
3. Reflective Tape Strip
It can be difficult to position a car in the center of a narrow garage so that there is enough room to open the doors on both sides.
- One way to make this task easier is to use a strip of reflective tape as a guide.
- Cut the tape to the width of your car and put it on the back wall of the garage, in the ideal position.
- Line up your car with the strip as you enter and you will always be perfectly parked.
4. Fix Mirrors
For your safety, you need to be certain that your front and rear headlights are always in good working order.
- Attach a mirror to one of the front inside corners of your garage and another to a rear inside corner and install them so that you can see the lights in each mirror.
- This way you can check at a glance if your lights are working.
5. Spread Newspaper on the Floor
To check for possible engine problems, spread newspaper on your garage floor and park your car on it.
- When you get out of the car, check the newspaper for any drops or stains.
- The presence of dark greasy droplets could indicate the existence of an oil leak.
- Light oily stains could be caused by brake fluid leakage.
- Red drops could mean loss of transmission fluid.
- Greenish puddles are likely to be coolant.
Until the leak is repaired, protect your garage floor with a homemade drip tray. Spread a sheet of corrugated cardboard on a large baking sheet and slide the sheet under the source of the leak.
Remember these tips, they will make it easy to optimize your garage for your car.